ALS Patient Story: Nettie Greene





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Published on Mar 10, 2010

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Nettie Greene was used to holding down two jobs. "I never was one to sit and not do," she says. Then she was diagnosed with ALS. These days, using a walker to walk and a machine that helps her breathe at night, she finds herself relying on her family to help her "do."

Read the accompanying magazine article, "On Borrowed Time," published in Emory Health magazine, Fall 2009:

About This 6-Part Video Series

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrigs Disease, affects the motor neurons, the cells that initiate and control movement of muscles. Listen to these Emory patients talk about their diagnosis with ALS and how they and their families are coping with the devastating disease.

About ALS

Commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease for the popular New York Yankees baseball player who died of it in 1941, ALS is a devastating disease that kills the motor neuron cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing the brain to lose ability to control muscles in the body. It inevitably leads to paralysis and problems with swallowing, eating, and breathing. The persons mental capacity remains intact, making the disease a cruel sentence for patients who are often otherwise healthy and active before being diagnosed.

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On borrowed time

Emory ALS Center


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